John 17:17 - Learning to Listen.

John 17:17 (KJV) Sanctify them through thy 
truth: thy word is truth. 

John 17:17 (EAV) Sanctify them [purify, 
consecrate, separate them for Yourself, make them holy] 
by the Truth; Your Word is Truth. 


   There are different ways to listen. We 
can listen passively. We can choose not to 
listen at all. Or, we can listen intently. 
   If you were going skydiving, you would 
listen very carefully to your instructor. You would 
listen when he or she tells you how to use the 
parachute, where the ripcord is located, and when to 
pull it. Why? Your life depends on it. 
   If you want to hear God speak to you from 
His Word, it comes down to how you listen. You 
need to listen as though your life depends on it, 
because it does. 
   If you want to be a true disciple of 
Jesus, then you need to slow down and learn to 
listen. Jesus said, If you abide in My word, you 
are My disciples indeed. And you shall know the 
truth, and the truth shall make you free (John 
8:31"32 NKJV). 
   Sometimes that verse is taken out of 
context. We hear people using it to describe all 
kinds of so-called truths they want to pass on to 
someone else. But this verse is very specific. It 
isnt referring to just any truth; this is 
specific, absolute truth found exclusively in the 
pages of Scripture. The context is reading, 
studying, knowing, and living the Scriptures. That 
truth will set us free. 
   The truth we find in the Bible is the 
only absolute truth. Jesus prayed, Your word 
is truth (John 17:17 NKJV) and said I am 
the way, the truth, and the life (John 14:6 
NKJV). This is the only absolute truth we can be 
certain of. And when we understand what God is 
saying in His Word, it sets us free. 
   If you want to be a disciple of Jesus, 
then you will carefully read, study, and live 
according to Gods Word. [Greg Laurie from Harvest 
Ministries; https://www.harvestdaily.com] 


   The creative energy that called the 
worlds into existence is in the word of God. This 
word imparts power; it begets life. Every command 
is a promise; accepted by the will, received 
into the soul, it brings with it the life of the 
Infinite One. It transforms the nature and re-creates 
the soul in the image of God.   
   The life thus imparted is in like manner 
sustained. "By every word that proceedeth out of the 
mouth of God" (Matthew 4:4) shall man live.   
   The mind, the soul, is built up by that 
upon which it feeds; and it rests with us to 
determine upon what it shall be fed. It is within the 
power of everyone to choose the topics that shall 
occupy the thoughts and shape the character. Of 
every human being privileged with access to the 
Scriptures, God says, "I have written to him the great 
things of My law." "Call unto Me, and I will answer 
thee, and show thee great and mighty things, which 
thou knowest not." Hosea 8:12; Jeremiah 33:3. 

   Is reading the Bible a necessary part of 
your day or does it have a low priority in your 
   George muller, after having read the 
Bible through one hundred times with increasing 
delight, made this statement: "I look upon it as a 
lost day when I have not had a good time over the 
Word of God.  Friends often say, 'I have so much 
to do, so many people to see, I cannot find 
time for Scripture study.'  Perhaps there are not 
many who have more to do than I.  For more than 
half a century I have never known one day when I 
had not more business than I could get through.  
For 4 years I have had annually about 30,000 
letters, and most of these have passed through my own 
   "Then, as pastor of a church with 1,200 
believers, great has been my care.  Besides, I have had 
charge of live immense orphanages; also, at my 
publishing depot, the printing and circulating of 
millions of tracts, books, and Bibles; but I have 
always made it a rule never to begin work until I 
have had a good season with God and His Word.  
The blessing I have received has been 
   Do you want to know how to meet the 
problems of the day?  Do you want to know what God 
wants you to do with your life?  Then you must 
pray and consult His wonderful guide book, the 
Bible, every day. 
   If we are too busy to read God's Word 
daily, then one thing is sure - we are too busy! by 


As the will of man co-operates with the will 
of God, it becomes omnipotent. Whatever is to 
be done at His command may be accomplished in 
His strength. All His biddings are enablings. 
COL 333 

Though the Bible be crowded with golden 
promises from board to board, yet will they be 
inoperative until we turn them into prayer. F. B. Meyer 


John 17:17 - Sanctification, What Does It 
Mean? (updated) 



If anyone has a paraphrase, commentary or 
testimony on this passage of Scripture, either 
personal or otherwise, I would be interested in 
hearing from you.  Thanks in advance and let's keep 
uplifting Jesus that all might be drawn to Him. Fred 


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